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Elmbury is a thinly-veiled version of Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire — which is, incidentally, about five miles from where I grew up. In the book itself, Brensham is firmly one village, with a cast of characters Moore knows through and through — and the opening paragraph sets the rural tone:. Almost every morning of their lives the weather-wise people of Elmbury lift up their eyes to glance at Brensham Hill which rises solitary out of the vale, four miles away as the crow flies.

According to its clearness or mistiness they make their prognosis of the day; taking into account, of course, the season of the year, the direction of the wind, and the rheumaticky pains in their backs, their legs or their elbows. It is supposed to be a bad sign — in summer at any rate — to see Brensham Hill very plainly.

But if you cannot see Brensham Hill at all, if the clouds are right down on its seven-hundred-foot summit, then you recollect the old rhyme:. Well, this introduction delighted me and won me over instantly — and not just for the affection for the countryside, and knowledge of it, that Moore evinces. What I mostly loved was that these words were still in use when I lived in a village at the foot of this hill, almost a century after the period Moore describes! The difference is that we call the hill by its actual name — Bredon Hill — but otherwise the old rhyme still stands.

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